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Postal Affairs with @BobSchimek: @USPS Q2 & Irresistible Mail Awards | May 17th, 2017

5/21/2017
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Director of Postal Affairs, Bob Schimek elaborates on the latest developments with the United States Postal Service: USPS Reports 2Q Results:  Controllable Income was pretty much break even at a positive $12M o A dramatic drop from SPLY which was $576M  USPS noted that primary difference was the removal of the exigent surcharge that would have added $500M o Reminder: Exigent surcharge rolled off in April of 2016, so we are near the end of comparing apples to oranges  Operating Expenses...

Duration: 00:23:03


Postal Affairs with @BobSchimek: @USPS Informed Delivery & @FedEx contract | March 13th, 2017

3/21/2017
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Director of Postal Affairs, Bob Schimek elaborates on the latest developments with the United States Postal Service: USPS Files January Financial Numbers: · USPS had an operating income of $42M while in the black, the plan was $263M and the previous year was $293M · After non-controllable expenses and unfunded liabilities the USPS reported a loss of $245M for the month · Key concern: Controllable expenses were above plan by 3% and above SPLY by 5.1% o January work hours were 3.7% above...

Duration: 00:22:59


Postal Affairs with @BobSchimek: MTAC & @USPS SPM | March 6th, 2017

3/21/2017
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Director of Postal Affairs, Bob Schimek outlines the latest developments in the postal space including: PMG Megan Brennan met with MTAC: · USPS will be focused on a 3-prong approach of: o Postal Reform (DPMG Ron Stroman is “cautiously optimistic” about legislation passing this year) o Pricing Flexibility (10-year rate review) o Continued aggressive management action § Updating information for completing the final 60+ consolidations that are still pending. § David W noted: May consolidate...

Duration: 00:25:44


Postal Affairs with @BobSchimek: OIG & can law enforcement watch your mail? | February 23rd, 2017

3/16/2017
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Bob Schimek, Director of Postal Affairs at Satori outlines the following developments with the USPS including the OIG, hiring freezes and how the post office scans every piece of your mail: OIG take a Look at RPG (Run Plan Generator) Usage: · USPS has 265 mail processing facilities that can use RPG to optimize machine usage and operation efficiency · OIG Looked at USPS Plants that had high and low RPG usage o High: Pittsburgh and Minneapolis (86 and 92% usage rate) o Low: Boston and...

Duration: 00:21:03


Postal Affairs with @BobSchimek: Postal Reform Bill & USPS Q1 | February 16th, 2017

3/16/2017
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Bob Schimek, Director of Postal Affairs at Satori outlines the following developments with the USPS Postal Reform Bill Re-introduced: · HR 756, Postal Reform Act of 2017: Major components of the bill include: o Postal Service retirees to use Medicare (pretty much wipes out the unfunded mandate) o Changes Board of Governors (currently none) from 9 down to 5 with a 7-year term o Permanently brings back half of exigency (1-time 2.15% increase) First Class stamp would go up 1-cent to 50 cents....

Duration: 00:22:55


Postal Affairs with Bob Schimek: PRC 10 year rate review | February 9th, 2017

2/10/2017
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Things are starting to get interesting with the PRC 10-year Rate Review:  Industry filed two separate (but similar) motions to change the procedural schedule o Asking that Phase 1 is purely focused on if the current system is failing to achieve the 9 objectives and 14 factors o Once that is determined, then Phase 2 can be focused on what changes should be considered  USPS went on record, opposing the motions filed by industry.  At the heart of the issue: o Industry believes the current...

Duration: 00:30:24


Postal Affairs with Bob Schimek: USPS price change as of next week | January 16th, 2017

1/16/2017
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Reminder: USPS price change goes into effect next week: • Get out and by your forever stamps this week… • Reminder, we covered key dates in last week edition • Short week for USPS personnel at USPS Headquarters? o Monday is a holiday (MLK Day) o Then Wed – Fri USPS Headquarters is locked down for the inauguration, employees are not allowed in. o So only one working day before the new rates go into effect… I am sure this will go smoothly… USPS Add eInduction and Seamless Acceptance to DMM:...

Duration: 00:31:29


Postal Affairs with Bob Schimek: USPS Statement on Postal Operations | January 9th, 2017

1/9/2017
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Stories: In addition to the USPS ACR, they also filed their Comprehensive Statement on Postal Operations: • USPS.COM generated just over $1B in revenue and saw 11% increase in traffic with 4M visits on a daily basis. o 1.7B visits to the site from 425M Unique Users • USPS Online Postal Store saw 4% growth, with $280M in revenue o Noted adding PayPal which generated $7.55M and saved the USPS $450K in merchant credit card fees. • USPS enhanced their Mobile Point of Sales devices. There are...

Duration: 00:31:13


Postal Affairs with Bob Schimek: USPS files 2016 Annual Compliance Report | January 3rd, 2017

1/4/2017
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USPS files FY2016 ACR (Annual Compliance Report) with PRC: • The USPS submitted their report on Dec 29th • The ACR includes data and information on the costs, revenues, rates, and quality of service associated with postal products. • In response to the ACR, the PRC is required to submit an ACD (Annual Compliance Determination) o The ACD determines whether USPS products offered during FY 2016 were in compliance with title 39 requirements. • Comments due Feb 2nd: • First-Class volume...

Duration: 00:33:19


Postal Affairs with Bob Schimek: Critical Incentives Deadline Almost Here | December 26th

12/26/2016
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Topics: REMINDER: Critical Incentives Deadline Almost Here: • Anyone planning to participate in the USPS 2017 Earned Value Promotion needs to register by Dec 31, 2016 • Anyone doing reply mail would be crazy not to participate • This year the USPS increased the incentive to 5 cents per piece. • The incentive runs from January 1st to June 30th. • At 5 cents per piece, this incentive can quickly add up… USPS Sets Drop Ship Dates around January 22nd price change: • Current Prices: PVDS (Plant...

Duration: 00:32:50


Postal Affairs with Bob Schimek: PRC Public Meeting and Dec 20th PAEA Rate Review | December 21st

12/22/2016
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PRC Public Meeting and Dec 20th PAEA Rate Review: • PRC has been working for a year to prepare for this event • Public Notice has been issued and the scope will include: o The CPI cap o The schedule for rate change o The 45-day notice prior to implementation o Rate changes due to extraordinary or exceptional circumstances (exigent surcharge) o Class level application of the annual limitation o The rounding of rates and fees o The use of unused rate authority o Workshare discounts • PRC...

Duration: 00:32:03


Postal Affairs with Bob Schimek: USPS Board of Governors, Postal Reform Update| December 12th

12/12/2016
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Topics for December 12th: And… Then there were None: (USPS Board of Governors) • Board of Governors was created in 1970 as a part of the postal reorganization act. • First time since Board was created that PMG is operating without board oversight. • Apparently now PMG reports directly to Congress • Megan received here 30-year service pin from James Bilbray o One of James final official act as chairman o Employees get a pin at the 25 year mark and every 5 years thereafter o Employees with...

Duration: 00:30:32


Postal Affairs with Bob Schimek: USPS Fiscal Year 2017 and 2016 performance review. | December 5th

12/5/2016
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Topics include: Tick, Tick, Tick, Tick… • Only 4 days… This Thursday, Dec 8th is the last day for the final Board of Governor • James Bilbray will be officially done. • Likely the final board meeting being held with James Bilbray on Dec 5th and 6th. o Monday includes: Strategic Issues, Financial Matters, Pricing, and Personnel Matters and Compensation Issues o Tuesday include: Discussion of prior agenda items and Board Governance USPS starts FY 17 in the Black: • October is first month of...

Duration: 00:30:33


Postal Affairs with Bob Schimek: Court of Appeals Denies USPS, 2017 Price Change | November 21st

11/20/2016
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Nov 15th, Court of Appeals Denies USPS Exigent Surcharge Appeal: • This has been the ongoing saga where PRC granted the USPS the temporary exigent surcharge. • Then the USPS appealed the “count once” rule, and won, so then the PRC had to recalculate a new larger number. • Then the USPS appealed again trying to argue that the “exigent circumstance” lasted for a longer period of time o (trying to go back to the well to be able to re-instate the exigent surcharge again) • It was an 11 page...

Duration: 00:31:45


Postal Affairs with Bob Schimek: January list data | January 4th.

10/28/2016
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New USPS cargo vehicles have been spotted in the wild! Bob has a photo! The January Label List data has an issue involving missing data for Las Vegas and Honolulu, among others. Will the USPS labor pool shrink 28% in the next eight-years? Bob says “No way!”

Duration: 00:31:38


Postal Affairs with Bob Schimek: Label List data issues | January 4th.

10/28/2016
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New USPS cargo vehicles have been spotted in the wild! Bob has a photo! The January Label List data has an issue involving missing data for Las Vegas and Honolulu, among others. Will the USPS labor pool shrink 28% in the next eight-years? Bob says “No way!”

Duration: 00:31:38


Postal Affairs with Bob Schimek: January data release issues | January 11th.

10/28/2016
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We are not done with the exigent surcharge, at least not if the USPS has anything to say about it. More problems have been found with the January data release, both lable lists and mail direction files are effected. Jim Cochrane has been named the new USPS Chief Marketing and Sales Officer, bringing to a close a turbulent period for that office…

Duration: 00:31:17


Postal Affairs with Bob Schimek: Competitive price increase | January 18th.

10/28/2016
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The competitive price increase has been implemented. Package services averaged a 9.5% increase, but some areas saw +50% or better. Smart move for the USPS or killing the “Golden Goose”? The PRC has issued a reminder that the USPS needs to give at least 45 days notice prior to exigency being rolled off and must start filing bi-weekly revenue estimates starting February 1st.

Duration: 00:29:44


Postal Affairs with Bob Schimek: Possibility of Postal Reform | January 25th.

10/28/2016
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It’s no surprise that the blizzard in the east is impacting the USPS. What is surprising is that something that looked vaguely like a move toward postal reform happened last week. Add to that a defined “intelligible standard” and we have a banner week in postal.

Duration: 00:29:30


Postal Affairs with Bob Schimek: Suspension of exigency | February 1st.

10/28/2016
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Today is the start of the PRC ordered biweekly USPS reports on progress toward the suspension of exigency… no word yet. Inspector General David Williams will be retiring February 19th. His replacement is to be nominated by the now one member Postal Board of Governor(s). Amazon negotiated a way around the recent Competitive Products rate increase and will remain at 2015 rates. New hires with less than one year on the job make up 16% of the USPS staffing pool now and the USPS acknowledges...

Duration: 00:28:53

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